Student Video Contest

Helping youth understand “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing.”

About the Video Contest

2018 What's So Cool About Manufacturing Student Video Contest winning team with sponsors and teachers.
2018 first place team with sponsors and teachers. Left to right:  Evan Westra (WestTool & Design, TSMA Board Member), Amy Johnson (Northern Contours, Sponsor)  Syanne Jepson, Declan Young, Jasmine Sonmor (President, Aura Fabricators), Dennis Wutzke (STEM teacher), Mike Donaghue (STEM teacher), and Laura Roder (STEM teacher).

“What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” Video Contest is a terrific way for students to learn about the manufacturing industry and careers. Student teams go out and visit manufacturing industries, interview manufacturers and manufacturing employees and learn “what’s so cool about manufacturing.”

Students are responsible for all aspects of each video project, including planning, scripting, shooting video footage, interviewing, and editing. First, Second, and Third place videos are selected by a judging panel. Winning teams receive cash for their school and students from winning teams also receive a cash award, with total cash awards of just over $4,500.

This year’s first place was awarded to Fergus Falls High School and the student team of Declan Young and Syanne Jepson. Because the school also received the People’s Choice Award, the combined cash award was $2,250. Each student recieved $150.

The second place award went to Frazee-Vergas and the third place award went to Moorhead High School.

People’s Choice Award

Every year, we give the public the opportunity to vote for the video of their choice. The one which receives the most votes will win the People’s Choice award. The People’s Choice award winning team receives $750 for their school and $50 per student.

This year, we have three finalists in the contest. Please watch each 3-minute video and vote for the one that does the best job of explaining “what’s so cool about manufacturing?”


Questions? Contact Dream It. Do It. MN West Central project coordinator, Michelle Landsverk:  Send an Email or call 218-280-1755.